Chatsworth’s hidden seventeenth Century backyard revealed in drone footage

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A hidden seventeenth Century backyard that emerged throughout a heatwave has been proven in new drone footage.

The European-style formal backyard on the Chatsworth Property in Derbyshire was designed in 1699 for the first Duke of Devonshire.

It was grassed over 30 years later however substantial stays lie buried beneath only a skinny layer of soil and grass, which has since been parched by the current dry climate.

Whereas the historic design won’t be totally restored any time quickly, Steve Porter – head of gardens and panorama at Chatsworth – stated he hoped the previous backyard, often known as the Nice Parterre, may very well be recreated with gravel as soon as the grass had recovered.

“Each time you look you virtually see extra of the element, extra of the scrolls of the beds and extra of the paths and it kind of brings all of it again to life and also you realise simply how intricate and simply how wonderful it might have been,” he added.

Video journalist: Alex Thorp

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